Welcome to Ride the Turtle Rainbow. Learning about sea turtles will be a great adventure. Did you know that they lived before the time of the dinosaurs? Yet today, they are endangered, meaning they might not survive. Your class will be working on a project such as writing a sea turtle story or poems with a class in a different county.
Below are resources to help you discover facts about sea turtles, the ocean and conservation. There are even interactive game links below.
- Sea Turtle Facts & General Information
- Endangered and Extinction
- Global Warming: effects on sea turtles, oceans and beaches
- Art Projects
- Interactive Games and Quizzes
Academic Kids has information on the Leatherback sea turtle with vocabulary links within their text that can be further defined. http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation provides many sea turtle facts, photos, as well as viewing of satellite tracking http://www.cccturtle.org/
EuroTurtle: Frequently asked questions about sea turtles: http://www.euroturtle.org/FAQ.htm
Also, this link has a great general sea turtle page with much information and is available in different languages: http://www.euroturtle.org/intro_eng.htm
Ocean Conservancy has a free download (34 Pages) English/Spanish very informative coloring book with detailed turtle facts and conservation practices.
Oceana.org is an international ocean conservation organization which offers an encyclopedia of information and photos not only about sea turtles, but more than 500 other fascinating marine creatures
National Marine Fisheries Service: “The Kid’s Time” has information on all species of sea turtles
Save the Turtles, Inc. www.costaricaturtles.org (Yes, this is us.) We have great photos of sea turtles, information on each species, and Ride the Turtle Rainbow global education connection.
San Diego Zoo: Activities for grades 6-9 learn about bio-diversity, saving energy and ecological footprint. http://www.sandiegozoo.org/teachers/images/
Defines the difference between turtle, tortoise and terrapin: http://www.sandiegozoo.org/animalbytes/t-turtle.html
Sea Turtle, Inc is an interactive site in Spanish/ English, and you can click on a turtle species and learn more information. http://www.seaturtleinc.com/turtles.html
Sea World has information on taxonomy, species, photos, behavior, etc. at http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/info-books/
And turtle information: http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/SeaTurtle/home.html
Sea Turtle Restoration Project is a rich and diverse website, full of political action for conservation.
Free fact sheets on all species and their threats to survival: http://www.seaturtles.org/edu_materials.cfm
Sea Turtle Webquest has a sea turtle information scavenger hunt using sea turtle website links. Great links for research: http://www.suttonschools.net/teachers/watts/index.htm
National Geographic: Accredited lesson plan on Endangered Species (offers K-12) http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/
U.S. Fish and Wildlife: Endangered Species Program: Government site lists endangered, threatened and extinct species and plants. http://www.fws.gov/endangered/
Environmental Protection Agency: http://epa.gov/climatechange/effects/coastal/SLRLandUse.html
National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/
Seed Magazine: http://www.seedmagazine.com/news/2006/09/
National Wildlife Magazine: http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/
Princeton Online offers an art project for grades 4-6 developed by Patti Caiola http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/
Caribbean Conservation Corporation: http://www.cccturtle.org/turtletides.php?page=games
National Geographic: “Turtles in Trouble” illustrates the threats to sea turtle survival http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngkids/9911/turtle/
Euroturtle demonstrates the cycle of life, and the threats sea turtles face: http://www.euroturtle.org/game/eduadv.htm
Wonderful interactive tool for learning basic biology of the turtle: http://www.euroturtle.org/clickt/clickt.htm
Another great game whereby you can choose what happens next with the sea turtles: http://www.euroturtle.org/game/
Sea World: “ A Calculating Turtle Tale” Use your calculator to complete this turtle story!
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/seamonsters/
timeline/#introduction has a wonderful interactive time line, called “ Sea Monsters- A Prehistoric Adventure”, and the creatures can appear in 3D!
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service http://www.fws.gov/northflorida/SeaTurtles/
Games such as Connect the Dots and turtle word scramble.